Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Writing (or not)
I have a short story due on Tuesday, and I can't decide if the things I've done this morning are a way of making space mentally and physically to write or a way of avoiding the writing.
I have done a load of laundry or two, made my bed, checked my mail, wrapped two presents, thrown away dead flowers and food that has been in the refrigerator too long, swept and mopped the kitchen floor, loaded the dishwasher, wiped down the counters.
All of this could be a way of putting off writing because I have no idea what to write. Or it could be a way of clearing out the literal and figurative cobwebs that are keeping my creativity at bay.
Something else that may be getting in the way though. I got a story back yesterday from my writing teacher. She said it was the best thing I've written. On the pages there are many check marks, "hilarious" and other positive comments, and at the end this: "Brilliant!" And I'm afraid that I can't live up to that, and nothing I have come up with so far seems good enough.